Walking into The Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, Autograph Collection in Birmingham, Alabama, is like walking into Alice’s Wonderland. Everything about the hotel, which debuted in 2015, is whimsical, from the lobby entrance to the rooftop courtyard. It is considered the most luxurious hotel in downtown Birmingham.
While kids will ogle at the decor, they won’t be particularly entertained at this hotel. The upscale hotel mostly caters to couples and business clientele, though it does offer comfortable guestrooms, a swimming pool and kids’ menus at the onsite restaurant. It is within walking distance of the Birmingham Zoo and Botanical Gardens, as well.
Our Editor Loves
- Whimsical feel and decor
- Small, outdoor swimming pool
- Kids' menu at onsite restaurant
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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All of the hotel's guestrooms are furnished with trendy decor in hues of purple and gold. Each guestroom is equipped with a mini-fridge, coffee machine and iPod docking station, as well as free Wi-Fi. Cribs and rollaway beds are available free of charge.
Guestrooms are equipped with one king or two queen beds. Soaking Tub Rooms with one king bed are also available.
The Bohemian Suite offers one king bed and added space. This room is ideal for parents traveling with a young child.
The hotel's penthouse suite, the Grand Bohemian features two bedrooms, each with one king bed. It also has two full bathrooms and a fireplace.
The hotel is a lovely property but I found the front desk and management tedious and never felt like a welcomed or valued customer. I felt I was imposing to ask for any accomadation with my stay. This contiuned when I called back two days later to make a billing inquiry. My advice is to stay at one of the other local Marrriot properties where I always get that genuine Marriot congeniality and service.
This is one of my favorite hotels in Birmingham. It’s right across from the botanical gardens and zoo; easily walkable to shopping and restaurants; and it’s near a park and running trail for exercising. It’s also close to freeways and downtown and is in one of the best parts of town.
When I’m in town, I swap things up and stay here or at the Elyton, which is downtown. The hotels are both great but provide very different settings. The Elyton does more for Bonvoy elite members, including a better breakfast benefit. I’ve also had upgrades to suites at the Elyton but not the Grand Bohemian. That said, I still love the look and feel of this hotel. On my last check in here, the two ladies who checked me in were very friendly and gave me a great corner room.
The owners of these hotels love wine, food, art, and hospitality... and it shows. I’ve stayed at Kessler hotels in Orlando, Asheville, St. Augustine, and Savannah, and this is my favorite one. I would just recommend that they improve the breakfast benefit and perhaps upgrade more liberally to suites (if they have many). But, I still strongly recommend this hotel.
There's a small outdoor pool that's just enough to keep the kids entertained (and give parents a break). Towels are provided.
Habitat Feed & Social
Habitat Feed and Social serves lunch and dinner in a funky, upscale setting where both indoor and outdoor seating are available. A kids' menu is also available, and there's a full-service bar that's popular at Happy Hour.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
The hotel has a small fitness center with cardio machines, strength training equipment and free weights. It is open all day, with key card access required.
Valet parking is available, or you can self-park in one of the spaces surrounding the complex.
The Art of Smart Timing
This hotel is busy year-round, hosting many business travelers. Visit in the late-fall or early-spring for the best rates and weather.
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is about 30 minutes from the hotel, factoring in traffic.
Families can easily walk to the Birmingham Zoo and Birmingham Botanical Gardens across the street. You can also walk to restaurants and a grocery store from the property. You'll want a car to get elsewhere.
For Mom and Dad
Browse the onsite art gallery, where you can purchase beautiful local art. The gallery is open daily.
Treat yourselves to a couples' massage, or enjoy individual treatments such as massages, facials, body scrubs, manicures, pedicures and the like. Appointments are required.
Bohemian Wine Blending & Tasting
One of two hotels (the other is the Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston) in the U.S. to offer this program, the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook offers guests the chance to taste, blend and bottle their own wine! Reservations are required.
Habitat Cooking School
If grandma and grandpa can watch the kids, sneak off to enjoy a cooking class with the hotel's chef.